Dell PowerEdge T110 II review

£1348
Price when reviewed

Our system included the PERC S300 PCI Express card, which costs £73 exc VAT and supports 3Gbits/sec SAS, near-line SAS and SATA hard disks. And for £90 there’s the H200 PCI Express card, which is of limited value in an entry-level server, as it supports high-performance 6Gbits/sec SAS drives but not RAID5.

The processor is in the centre of the motherboard, with a large passive heatsink on top. This, along with the four memory sockets above, is covered by a plastic shroud with a large fan at the rear, and the airflow also cools the hard disks.

A single Gigabit Ethernet port is provided, along with an eSATA port at the back for adding external storage. Six external USB ports are also available and there’s plenty of room to expand using the motherboard’s three spare PCI Express slots. Along with the SATA DVD–ROM drive, there’s a spare 5.25in bay at the front.

Dell PowerEdge T110 II

Management options are more basic than Dell’s higher-end PowerEdge servers, as the motherboard only has an embedded BMC (baseboard management controller). It shares access with the network port and can be accessed remotely using Dell’s IPMISH command line utility, but this only lets you control server power.

You also get the Windows-based OpenManage Server Administrator, which provides local and remote web browser access. It doesn’t have features such as KVM-over-IP remote control or power usage monitoring, but you can view temperatures, voltages and cooling fan speeds and it can issue alerts when problems are detected.

With a low-power Xeon E3 in the driving seat, the T110 II is easy on the power as well. We clocked the review system drawing only 38W with Foundation in idle, rising to 110W when under pressure from SiSoft Sandra.

With figures like that, we think the T110 II is a worthy candidate for a first server. It’s well built, has plenty of room to expand and Dell offers a wide range of options when it comes to juggling the price. It wins a spot on the PC Pro A-List.

Warranty

Warranty 3yr on-site ProSupport NBD

Ratings

Physical

Server format Pedestal
Server configuration Pedestal chassis

Processor

CPU family Intel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency 3.40GHz
Processors supplied 1

Memory

RAM capacity 32GB
Memory type DDR3

Storage

Hard disk configuration 3 x 250GB Dell SATA hard disks in cold-swap carriers
Total hard disk capacity 750GB
RAID module PERC S300 PCI-e RAID card
RAID levels supported 0, 1, 10, 5, JBODs

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports 1

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 38W
Peak power consumption 110W

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